Monday, December 22, 2008

The ultimate gift

Pin It I was having dinner with some friends last night, when the topic of photography came up. As the conversation progressed, I bought up the calendar I’d made for my family on the Christmas of 2004.

I remember that Christmas was approaching, and I wanted to give my family something they could use all year long….but what could it be? As I thought about what gift I would like to give, I decided that a calendar would be great. However, instead of merely buying a calendar, I decided to create one.

After some careful thought, I decided that each month would be an advertisement for something. To be honest, I had no idea what any of these items would be at the outset. However, after some time and careful thought, I set out with my ‘brother,’ Jesse, to see what could be created.

On a side note, not too many people really realize the scope of this calendar and just how long it took to create. That is, until you know a little bit about my family. Those who understand that statement I just made realize that this project was a huge undertaking.

Now, for your viewing pleasure (should you decide to stay and take a gander) I present some of my favorite images from the calendar made some four years ago.

P.S. As I look back on these images I realize that if I were to redo it all again today, they would be much better. However, with time comes experience, and with experience comes mastery.
Enjoy these for what they’re worth…












15 comments:

MindyElias said...

OMG.....that is hysterical! I love it!!! :)

SHELLS BELLS! said...

Those are some great pictures-love it!

Danielle said...

Your mom talked about that, Its cool to see the pics....pretty amazing!

Deo Volente said...

I enjoyed this post, looks like you guys had fun doing it. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

mywest said...

I hope this doesn't bother you to much but sometimes I just need to know where Jessie is. I know he thinks I favored you but you knew better. Tell Jessie to call home! Love, DAD

The Scotts said...

We all heard about this calendar and thought it sounded a little crazy at the time. I hadn't met you yet, so I admit it, I questioned your sanity. However, seeing the images I can't help but laugh. Well done!

shoezimm said...

I am proud to say that I still have my calendar....and I still am amazed at all of the work you put into it

Jayne said...

good looking brother!

Gerb said...

I remember you showing me that calendar - as "proof". It was pretty convincing...

Kris said...

Your Mom did tell me about this. Now that I have seen it I have to ask, Where is Jesse? Is he posing for GQ now? I always thought he was full of himself and you got all the smarts! Next time you make one of those calendars I want one!

Teachinfourth said...

ME - Thanks.

SB - They were fun to make.

DS - These were my favorites of the set.

DV - Have an excellent Christmas too!

Dad - I'll let him know. I'll send you his address in Missouri.

J&J - Glad I went from 'insane' to 'brilliant.' It's a much better place to be.

Shoe - Keep it, it'll be a collector's item one day.

Jayne - Say that again...

Gerb - You were a tough one to try to convince. I am sure the phone call helped in that, too.

Kris - Last I heard, he was working for a team researching urban myths. Go figure...

Valerie said...

How clever is that!!

Linn said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Here I am going back to look at your photography to pick some favorites (which is impossible by the way, there are ALL amazing) and I run across this calendar. And I am absolutely sick from laughing.

I know I hardly know you, but first, any friend of Valerie's is a friend of mine. And second, I need to be your new friend so I can pay you to be this clever with my life. This is truly the funniest thing I have ever seen! And that is saying a lot, because I spend a lot of time looking for funny. And you just won that award, hands down!

Even if this comment is officially scaring you, I am still going to claim you as a friend. Just so I can show my husband this post and he can laugh as hard as I have.

Okay, back to looking at your photography. But with little hope of actually picking only one...or two...or ninety-seven.

Teachinfourth said...

Val - Like I said, if I were to redo it, it would be even better; however, it was fun.

Linn - Thanks for looking. I'll have to tell you about 'my brother' sometime in an email. You'll laugh even harder...

Jess T said...

Hysterical and very creative. :) I bet it was a hit.

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